Submitted photo Ted Carew-Gibson with his 1969 Morgan Plus 8 that he will be bringing to the Rotary Wheels Car Show Aug. 4 at Rotary Park near The Peach concession stand on Lake Okanagan.

Rotary Wheels Car Show still rolling after 23 years

Penticton car show takes place at Rotary Park on Okanagan Lake

Priceless.

It could be one of the answers Ted Carew-Gibson could give if asked what he would sell his 1969 Morgan Plus 8 for. And, not because the $4,900 he paid for it has increased substantially to a rare vehicle worth $50,000. It is all the sounds, smells, feelings and memories the vehicle conjures up in him when he drives it.

“I was working at a bank down the street from the Morgan dealership and there was an 18-month waiting list at that time to get a new Morgan 8. I would often take my bag lunch and sit with the boys in the shop at the Morgan dealership. One day I was there and the owner came up with a telegram a customers Morgan 8 was being shipped. No sooner than he turned around to go back in his office, a fellow walked in through the door. Before he could be told his car was being shipped he said, ‘I’m getting married and don’t want the car.’ The dealership owner turned around to us and asked if anyone wanted to buy it. I said I would gladly take it, so instead of 18 months I had it coming straight from the factory to me shortly after,” said Carew-Gibson.

His love of vehicles came long before that, as did his friendship with the Morgan dealership owner’s son who started a sports car club with Carew-Gibson when they were attending university in Vancouver. It was a short wait until the day Carew-Gibson watched his vehicle come straight off the ship from England and into his possession. Over the past 49 years, Carew-Gibson has raced the vehicle, found friendships in a Morgan 8 car club, had a family and has turned his passion for the vehicle into a way to bond with his son.

“That’s partly why I go to car shows like the Rotary one on the weekend. It is the camaraderie, meeting people talking about Morgans and other vehicles. That is what I like doing, it is fun,” he said.

The vehicle will be one of around 100 on display at the Rotary Wheels Car Show held on Aug. 4 at Rotary Park beside The Peach concession stand on Okanagan Lake.

The car show, run by the Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise, has been running for 23 years and was spearheaded by the late Ken Paton.

Related: Paton remembered as a driving force

“All the money raised goes back into different community activities that were are in involved like the parkway we are creating behind KVR school that has all the exchange students names on it and projects in Bangledesh to complete upgrades for water and sewer and educational funding ,” said Sandra Henderson, director for the Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise.

Vehicle registration starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The gates will open to the public at 8 a.m. and the official welcome at 9 .m. Live entertainment, by Kyle Anderson, and the beverage garden opens at 11 a.m.

Entrance fees are $2 for adults and children under six, a loonie. Trophies will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Hoss happy to find a forever home for the holidays

SPCA South Okanagan-Similkameen Branch helps pup find a home

Council votes to take action on problem property

Mobile home was damaged in Aug. 15 fire

Police dog tracks down counterfeit suspect

Cop vehicle rammed, and pooch steals a chicken dinner

Parking study coming back to Penticton city council

Parking study lays out options to solve parking problems around SOEC

Penticton not an unsafe city, according to RCMP superintendent

RCMP superintendent says statistics are misleading

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star, ‘Big’ director Penny Marshall dies

Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75.

B.C. Court of Appeal to rule in terror case that centres on RCMP conduct

B.C.’s appeal court is scheduled to release a decision today on a couple whose guilty verdict over plotting to blow up the provincial legislature was thrown out by a lower court judge.

Trump backs off on demand for $5 billion to build a border wall

Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Canadian detained in China, not clear if related to two other detentions

Reports suggest the person is not a diplomat or entrepreneur doing business in China.

Trudeau sees 2019 election as choice between positive Liberals, divisive Tories

Trudeau is drawing much the same battle lines that propelled the Liberals to a come-from-behind victory in 2015

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla, Highway 3

Make sure to equip winter tires if travelling

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

UPDATE: Coquihalla reopens between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

Most Read